La Encantada Vineyard

From the May 2013 Club Testarossa tasting notes:

La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

This is our first release from this vineyard planted by Richard Sanford. La Encantada is one of the coolest sites in the very cool climate Santa Rita Hills-Appellation: The vineyaroisplanted ona ridge which straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley and is open to the full impact of the cooling afternoon maritime breezes. Of the 96 acres of Pinot Noir planted here, Testarossa works with 2 acres of clone 667.

Recognized as an official 'American Viticultural Area" (AVA) in May of 2001, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is a relatively small appellation of approximately 100 square miles. It extends from 4 miles west of Highway 101 (at Buellton) to about 2 miles east of Lompoc on both sides of the Santa Ynez River, and is bounded on the north by the south-facing slope of the Purisima Hills and on the south by the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills. This valley that runs east-west along the Santa Ynez River allows the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean to travel east, creating a long, cool growing season perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

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